Qatar University (QU) Young Scientists Center (YSC), in co-operation with the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science (QNCECS), recently concluded the third Youth Research Forum 2021 entitled “Identity and Cultural Tourism: Towards a Culture and a Sustainable Legacy.”
The honouring ceremony took place at QU, under the patronage of president Dr Hassan al-Derham in the presence of Prof Mariam al-Maadeed, vice president for Research and Graduate studies, while taking all precautionary measures against Covid-19.
The Forum was described as an important platform for presenting scientific research and projects that focus on youth’s role in spreading and preserving Qatari culture and the sustainability of the Qatari heritage. A group of researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate students from Qatar and many Islamic countries such as Morocco, Oman, Algeria, and Libya, participated in the forum.
The event also represented an opportunity to create a database of distinguished youth in research and with high capabilities in specialised and inter-disciplinary studies. In collaboration with the QNCECS, QU-YSC launched a research competition to share studies and research on identity issues and encourage scientific research. Universities, institutes, and researchers inside and outside Qatar were invited to participate.
The researches submitted are within the areas of the World Cup facilities and the sustainability of the Qatari heritage, museums’ role in promoting cultural identity, the economy and cultural tourism, the challenges of identity and globalisation, medicine, pharmacy, and community health. The research posters were evaluated based on several criteria, such as the quality of the research, methodology, field research techniques, discussion of results, and proper documentation of references.
During the forum, organised virtually remotely, researchers from the undergraduate and postgraduate levels presented 17 papers and three research posters, focusing on scientific and cultural topics related to the role of youth in spreading culture and sustainability.
The winners for the best scientific research were honoured, Hadeel al-Attar, first place winner for a research entitled “Islamophobia in Entertainment Media,” and second place winner, Nour Hisham al-Zaftawi for a paper entitled “A Systematic Review to Analyse the Impact of the Cost of Using Breast Cancer Drugs in Developing Countries.” Sheikh Modu Badr received third place for a research entitled "The Employment of Computational Linguistics in the Service of the Arabic Language".
As for the poster competition, Hagae Menaisy claimed the top spot, Raesa al-Dosary finished second, and Kholeh Mortazawi completed the top three.
Dr Hamda al-Sulaiti - secretary general of the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science - also honoured the winners of the best scientific poster competition, at the committee’s headquarters at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.